Polaris Alpha

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Mid-Sr. System Administrator

Mid-Sr. System Administrator

Req # 
Position Type 
Full Time
FLSA Status 
Information Technology - Systems Administration
Security Clearance 
Required Top Secret/SCI
Kirtland AFB, NM

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In addition to a competitive salary, Polaris Alpha offers excellent benefits to full-time employees:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • Life and AD&D coverage at 3x annual salary
  • 401k plan, 4% non-elective contributions for all eligible employees and participants are 100% vested in plan from date of enrollment
  • 4+ weeks of PTO and 10 Paid Holidays observed
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Relocation may be considered

Benefits are subject to change

Job Description

Polaris Alpha is a highly technical industry leader uniquely positioned to address customers’ most complex challenges across the full spectrum of air, land, sea, cyber and space domains.

ISS, A Polaris Alpha Company has emerged as a leader in the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) domain. From pure research to directly supporting space operations, our space programs are firmly focused on maintaining US space superiority through cutting-edge enterprise computing expertise and SSA domain knowledge; these allow ISS to architect robust solutions tailored to real-world operational requirements.

This position is focused on the development and administration of a wide variety of systems and environments. You will be responsible for deploying and configuring application releases and updates to both research and development environments at our customer location at Kirtland Air Force Base. You will also be responsible for maintaining hardware and software baselines, to include installing OS patches, drivers, and security updates to ensure cybersecurity compliance.

You will be responsible for:
- performing routine (daily, weekly, monthly) system checks to ensure all networks, workstations/servers and networking components are functioning properly.
- performing system maintenance to address hardware and software issues as well as general system administration including account creation and system documentation.
- monitoring system performance and utilization in order to make recommendations for future enhancements/improvements.
- installing new systems and deploy virtual machines, as necessary, utilizing the most current secure baseline.
- making configuration updates for new mission or development requirements.

In addition, you may provide assistance during test and integration events by resolving system problems, provide system backups, and system maintenance. You will have the opportunity to participate in real-world, cutting edge Space Situational Awareness systems which are changing how the Space community is doing business.

Candidate must take personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work, manage own time and priorities to efficiently and effectively achieve goals, identify opportunities for process or quality improvements, and build and maintain constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, and mutual respect. Candidate must also have strong troubleshooting and communication skills, along with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

Required Skills

• Bachelor's Degree in a technical discipline and 6-12 years of experience in system administration. Eight (8) years of additional experience, applicable training and/or certifications may be substituted for the Bachelor's Degree
• System Administration skills in Windows Server 2008 & 2012
• System Administration skills in Red Hat Enterprise Linux
• Knowledge and experience with VMware and virtualization
• Experience configuring and maintaining server hardware
• Knowledge of networking fundamentals
• Experience with scripting languages such as Windows Powershell and Unix shell for troubleshooting
• Experience with installation and maintenance of authentication/authorization software e.g. Active Directory
• Experience maintaining multiple baseline environments (production, test, development)
• Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
• Strong troubleshooting and communication skills
• DoD 8570 Certification (Security+, CCNA, etc.) or ability to obtain
• This position requires the selected candidate to hold an active Department of Defense TS/SCI level security clearance which requires US citizenship while working in support of a government contract.

Desired Skills

• Experience with Web Service Oriented Architecture
• Experience with Layer7 Policy Enforcement and XML Gateways
• Experience with Oracle Web Logic and Business Application Servers
• Experience with installation and maintenance of databases such as Oracle, Postgres, MySQL
• Experience with interpretation and application of Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs)
• Experience with installation and maintenance of application servers such as Apache Tomcat, JBoss, and WebLogic
• Experience with installation and maintenance of web servers such as Apache HTTPD
• Experience with administration of configuration management software (Puppet, Chef)
• Experience with configuration management and software build processes
• Experience with cybersecurity tools

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
Must be able to stand, walk and sit for prolonged periods of time; use of hands and/or fingers to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; operate office equipment; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance, stoop, kneel; talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close and distant vision. The employee must occasionally lift and or move up to 45 pounds.

Polaris Alpha is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, genetic information or disability status. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

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